Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino calls the news of former player Kyle Kuric's improved health "awesome"

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino updated the media on the status of former U of L star Kyle Kuric, who had brain surgery last week in Spain. Kuric was in critical condition over the weekend but is now alert and texted with his former coach.

Less then 48 hours after fearing the worst about the health of one of his former players, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said he text messages that player - Kyle Kuric - on Thursday morning.

Kuric, who plays professional in Spain, had emergency brain surgery last week to remove a tumor. It was only discovered after he went to the doctor while complaining from a migraine headache.

On Saturday, the family released a statement saying his conditioned had "worsened" and he was in the critical care unit in Spain. But by Wednesday, the family posted a message on Facebook saying Kuric had improved and was responding to his family.

"The news on Kyle has been weighing on us," Pitino said. "(The other night) I woke up in the middle of the night remembering the last game at Freedom Hall. It was about 3 in the morning and the next day we got the Facebook message from his wife.

"If any of our prayers were answered on a special day it was yesterday."

Pitino said he "can't put it into words" how happy he is to see Kuric is on the road to recovery and said he was "never so scared and nervous about what I was hearing." The Hall of Fame coach added the news is "awesome."

"I think a lot of prayers have been answered," he said.

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